You've heard us talking a lot about the fiber-to-the-home network we've built in rural Boone and Callaway counties. And you probably know that fiber broadband brings high-speed Internet access to these rural areas.

But if you don't know how fiber technology actually works, it's worth taking a few minutes to learn because...well...this is pretty cool stuff.

Taking classes while raising a family is no easy task. Just ask Jessica Lairmore of Millersburg. She began taking online classes from Moberly Area Community College in January 2012 and now takes business courses online from Columbia College.

When she first started out, she used a cellular data plan to access course materials and videos online, take tests and submit assignments.

Net Neutrality has been in the news a lot lately, but it’s a complex issue. Even the experts don’t know exactly what will happen next or what the potential implications could be. If you’re trying to get up-to-speed on the issue, we’re here to help.

Net Neutrality is the premise that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally by service providers and the law. Basically, if you think of the Internet as a “series of tubes,” it’s the idea that no one should be able to block or halt what goes through them – not even the people who own the tubes.